I’ve just published this:
“There is a direct link between [the failure of representative democracy] and the degree to which plebiscitary democracy is seen as being an acceptable option. The popularity of referendums is a symptom more than it is the cause of our current problems.”
If I could make a pitch to the whole of the centre-left on what I believe its future direction should be, this would be it.
I published this on Medium earlier today.
Very grim times for The Labour Party. Is this the endgame?
Here’s my latest, over on Medium.
The fact that we are using a referendum to decide this in the first place tells you all you need to know about how important ‘democracy’ is to the people who are asking us to decide the UK’s future in Europe.
I’ve written a piece for Left Foot Forward saying more-or-less this in more detail. You can read it here
I posted this over on Slugger O’Toole earlier.
Here’s a pull-quote:
When some of us, back in August, said “putting Corbyn in charge of the Labour Party is like filling an ‘unleaded’ car with diesel”, this is what we meant. It actually won’t work. We weren’t trying to talk those voters out of something sensible. We were saying “this is bound to end in tears.”
I posted this over on Medium earlier:
Here’s the pull-quote:
…in virtual politics, we are hurtling towards the kind of direct democracy in which philosophers will be forced to drink hemlock at the whim of the masses.
Because this is the early part of an experiment with long-form writing broken down into blog-posts, at the end of the last post, I thought I needed to digress a bit into the question of how politics and democracy isn’t the same thing. I’ve tried out Medium.com for this and here are the posts.
- Democracy rather than politics?
- If you can’t beat ’em, should you join ’em?
- Challenging ‘political’ rule – why now?
I hope they’re worth a look – I don’t want to break the flow (!) here…..